Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: how to decorate your garden
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To get some inspiration, I spoke to Debs Goodenough, head gardener at the Prince of Wales’s organic garden at Highgrove for the past four years, and before that, head gardener at Osborne House (Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight retreat). She recalls that at Osborne House they used to make triumphal arches to celebrate special occasions: such arches are a long-standing tradition – they were used for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. They are usually made from a light wooden framework that is completely covered with evergreens (the gardeners at Balmoral use heather), flowers and flags. Often, suitable wording is added. “Sixty Glorious Years” would suit Diamond Jubilee arches, for instance. A simple, rustic version could be made in smaller garden s, using birch twigs, hazel or willow wands, or trellis: anything that can be woven, pinned or tied together, and then studded with flags and flowers, cut or in containers.

Commemorative planting makes a strong statement for future generations. Queen Victoria planted the first Chusan palm outside in England, at Osbourne House back in 1851. It died at the respectable age of 150 in 2002. So our Queen planted another to mark her Golden Jubilee, grown from seed from the same batch.

Choosing which tree or rose to plant is difficult. Maybe go for a tried and true plant such as Malus ‘Royal Beauty…………… continues on Telegraph.co.uk

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